...is "Black Beauty"
My parents and grandparents used to give me books for my birthday when I was a child. In 1974 I received Black Beauty inscribed by my parents as always. I read it what I think amounted to a thousand times and never ever got bored with it.
I often fancied myself in that time and place--England in the 1800's. Reading it back then made me feel happy and warm. I no longer have that particular book my parents gave me and I can't bring myself to read any other edition but that one. That small book with the yellow cover with the black horse on it was really my favorite edition. I wish I still had it. I found it once at a used bookseller online but never brought myself to buy it. Maybe if I do buy it, the memory will somehow be tainted? My DH bought the movie for me but still I don't watch it though I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because I want to leave things as they are---just remembering what Black Beauty meant to me as a child. Some things are better left where they are, you know what I mean?